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India restrict Aussies to 7-236 in 1st ODI

Australia have posted a total of 7-236 after opting to bat in the first ODI against India in Hyderabad, where Usman Khawaja has top-scored with 50.

India restrict Aussies to 7-236 in 1st ODI

Australia have posted a total of 7-236 after opting to bat in the first ODI against India in Hyderabad, where Usman Khawaja has top-scored with 50.

AARON FINCH of Victoria plays a shot during the Sheffield Shield match at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
AARON FINCH of Victoria plays a shot during the Sheffield Shield match at MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

Aaron Finch failed to find form and Australia's new-look batting order faltered on Saturday, when the tourists were restricted to 7-236 in their ODI series opener against India.

Finch's team entered the match in Hyderabad with just four wins from the past 24 ODIs, underlining the perilous state of their World Cup defence.


Australia reshuffled their order, promoting Glenn Maxwell to No.5 and Marcus Stoinis to first drop while bringing in debutant Ashton Turner at No.6.

Finch, who won a toss that proved pointless given Virat Kohli said he wanted to chase anyway, was out edging for a third-ball duck. He has gone 20-consecutive limited-overs innings without reaching 50.

Stoinis and Usman Khawaja staged a steady recovery, steering their side to 1-87 after 20 overs, but it was the only partnership of substance until Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile put on 62 runs.

Carey, who opened earlier this year throughout these two sides' ODI series in Australia, was demoted to No.7 and finished 36 not out.

It was a handy knock from the wicketkeeper but Australia never looked like coming close to 300 at any stage of their innings.

Khawaja, who top-scored with 50, Stoinis, Maxwell, Turner and Peter Handscomb all made starts. But they failed to go on with it amid a flurry of needless dismissals and some fine bowling from left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and veteran paceman Mohammed Shami.

Maxwell, fresh from Twenty20 knocks of 56 and 113 not out that delivered Australia their first limited-overs series win in more than a year, was the final recognised batsman to go.

Maxwell's dismissal on 40, when he was comprehensively bowled by Shami, reduced the visitors to 6-173 after 40 overs.

It prompted Carey and Coulter-Nile to adopt a conservative approach at a pivotal stage of the innings when Australia should have been teeing off with freedom.

Carey and Coulter-Nile ensured their team batted out the 50 overs but such a modest total is likely to be easy pickings for Kohli's star-studded team.

Turner, presented his cap by Test great Matthew Hayden, belted one of Australia's two sixes when he pulled a short ball from Shami over the midwicket fence in the 36th over.

Shami had the last laugh during his next over, when an attempted pull shot resulted in Turner chopping on to be out for 21.

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